Friday, September 30, 2011

Soap Star Weds

Actress Julia Pace Mitchell, who stars as Sofia Winters on the #1 daytime drama, CBS's "The Young & the Restless," married business executive Stephen L. Hightower II, in a beautiful wedding ceremony at the Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio on Sunday, September 4, 2011.  There were approximately 150 guests in attendance at the wedding, which was officiated by Dr. Gregory Ballard, Sr.  The bride and groom wrote and exchanged their own vows.  The bride's sister, attorney Shawn Pace Mitchell, served as Maid of Honor, while the groom's brother, business executive Quincy Hightower, served as the Best Man.  The bridal party included five bridesmaids and six groomsmen.

Julia wore a classic, vintage dress for the ceremony and later changed into a dress designed for her by fashion designer Dalia MacPhee for the reception.  The bride's veil was custom designed by her mother, actress Judy Pace Flood ("Brian's Song," "Cotton Comes to Harlem," "Peyton Place").

The groom's father is Stephen L. Hightower, Founder, President and CEO of Hightowers Petroleum Company, based in Franklin, Ohio.  The company is a national wholesale distributor of gasoline and diesel fuel.

Special guests in attendance included Julia's "aunts," veteran actresses Beverly Todd ("The Bucket List," "Crash," "Lean on Me") and Nichelle Nichols ("Star Trek"), Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Carmen Hawkins, and family friend, actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different World").

"We were planning an outdoor lakeside ceremony, but due to rain, we had to move everything inside.  Other than that, everything went smoothly and the day was absolutely incredible.  I'm so happy, I'm still pinching myself," said the blushing bride, Julia Pace Mitchell.

The event design and logistics for the wedding ceremony and reception were produced by Dayton Event Connection.  The floral design was created by Bruce Levan of Flowerscapes.  The cake was created by Central Pastry Shop of Middletown, Ohio.  The event photography was by Stephanie Matthews Photography of Columbus, Ohio.

The bride, Julia Pace Mitchell, has been a regular cast member on "The Young & the Restless" since July 2010.  She is a graduate of Howard University and The National Theatre Conservatory.  She also studied classical theatre at Oxford University in England.

The groom, Stephen L. Hightower II, is Vice President of Strategic Affairs at Hightowers Petroleum Company, one of the largest minority-owned businesses in America, generating revenues of over $157 million in 2010.  He is a graduate of Ohio State University.
The newlyweds will split their time between residences in Middletown, Ohio and Los Angeles, California.

Julia and Stephen's wedding story on

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mad for Plaid

When our CEO suddenly discovered an affinity for plaid (and, gasp!) flannel plaid, we did not go to that place where we worried he was channeling the Seattle scene circa 1992. In fact, our own retail reconnaissance definitely uncovered that many are mad for plaid. Here are some cute looks in the trend.

Anthracite by Muse Plaid Capelet

Band of Gypsies 
Woven Plaid Shirt (Juniors) 

C&C California
 Shadow Cotton-Rich Plaid Shirt

Classiques Entier® Check Jacket 

Dollhouse Plaid Peacoat (Juniors)

Free People Plaid Cabin Woods Skirt $148.00

Juicy Couture Beach Crinkled Plaid Cover-Up $151.00

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Stand Collar Plaid Cape

Make + Model 
Boyfriend Sleep Shirt

Robert Rodriguez Wool 
Blend Houndstooth Cape 

Twisted Heart
Plaid Shirt 

Tory Burch 
'Borner' Dress

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Anna Kendrick wore platinum jewelry by Kwiat for the premiere of “50/50” on 26 September 2011 in New York: Platinum and diamond drop earrings and Platinum and three line diamond bracelet.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Katy Perry's New Single

Katy Perry will release a new single, “The One That Got Away,” from her Grammy-nominated No. 1 album Teenage Dream, to radio Wednesday 28 September 2011.

"I'm so pleased to select 'The One That Got Away' as my 6th single because this song shows a very different side of me that I haven't shown with my past singles on this record. I think that everyone can relate to this song. I wrote this song about when you promise someone forever, but you end up not being able to follow through. It's a bittersweet story - hopefully, the listener learns from hearing it and never has to say they had 'The One’ get away” states Katy.

“The One That Got Away” is the sixth single to be released from Teenage Dream. The album’s previous five singles — “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” — all peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart as well as on the Hot 100 chart. Katy is only the second artist, and the first female, to notch five No. 1’s in the Hot 100’s 53-year history.

A video for “The One That Got Away” will be shot in the coming days. Stay tuned to Katy’s website, as well as her social media pages, for more details.

Katy recently wrapped the early fall leg of her sold-out California Dreams World Tour that began earlier this year with stops in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Her remaining U.S. tour dates, with support from Ellie Goulding and DJ Skeet Skeet, are as follows:

Nov 15  Hartford, CT                  XL Center
Nov 16  New York, NY                Madison Square Garden
Nov 19  Las Vegas, NV              Mandalay Bay Events Center
Nov 21  Oakland, CA                  Oracle Arena
Nov 22  Los Angeles, CA           Staples Center

Look for Katy on the cover of InStyle’s October issue.

Monday, September 26, 2011

DPA's Emmy Suite is Sweet

by Amanda Bellafiore
BeansTalk Correspondent

Before their diamonds were strung and their dresses affixed like a glove, Emmy nominees and presenters flocked to a hidden Rodeo Drive rooftop at the Luxe Hotel for an elegant, pre-awards, gifting lounge.

For their seventh year, Nathalie Dubois and DPA were back to the Emmys, offering guests amazing products and fantastic services. Lasting from Sept. 15 – 17, 2011, the gifts landed in the right bags as celebrities took what they could of fashion, electronics and tropical vacations.

Dulcena Lingerie was a favorite for actress Dee Wallace, who picked up a pair of the boutiques panties at a previous Emmy suite two days before. “She pulled her pants down just enough to show me how much she loved them,” said Anel Utajara of Dulcena.

Legendary Beau Bridges

Jason Isaacs, aka 'Lucius Malfoy' of the "Harry Potter" films

Michael K. Williams, who has just joined the cast of NBC's "Community," and also stars in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"
Other fan favorites were the soy-based candles from Milena’s Boutique, who hoped she brought enough as celebrities tend to come back for thirds; Samsung technology infused air purifier, Virus Zero (see above pics of Beau Bridges, Isaacs and Michael K. Williams with Virus Zero) snagged up and praised by Minnie Driver (‘The Riches’) and Jason Isaacs ("Harry Potter" film series) and the non-leather, Italian crafted handbags and clutches by Jill Milan, carried on this years Emmy red carpet by ‘Glee’ nominee Dot Marie Jones.

While massages were given and cheesecakes were eaten, the three-day event brought awareness to two charities supported by Dubois – Husky Haven of LA, rescue for Siberian huskies and Ring 14 foundation, for children with the rare chromosomal abnormality.

Dubois, a verteran producer of star-studded events worldwide, put on a classy suite with the luxurious views of Beverly Hills serving as the perfect backdrop.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pink Picks

by Lindsey K. Wagner
BeansTalk N.Y. Correspondent

Breast Cancer is something that has affected many of our friends, moms, sisters and daughters. The Accessories Council and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation hosted a "Pink Picks" social media event this week at the beautifully chic Marchon Eyewear Showroom in NYC.

BeansTalk was lucky enough to spend the evening with other influential social media fashion lovers to learn about this year's hottest products that "have gone" pink for October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Since 1993, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) has raised over $330 million to help in the advance cancer research that will help lead to prevention and a cure. With the help of Accessories Council President, Karen Giberson, the BCRF showcased some great products that give us a reason not only to shop, but to help a worthy cause at the same time.

Below are just a few of our favorites. By purchasing any of these Think Pink products, a proceed will go to help fight breast cancer.

La Mer, which we're told will sell out in a week, will donate $10 for every limited edition lip balm purchased. $45 at and select specialty stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Celebrity designer, Alex Woo, has created a chic, pink, breast cancer awareness adjustable mini-chord bracelet with a sterling silver breast cancer charm to show her support. Available at for $80.

Lacoste has created only 500 pairs of these adorable navy and pink sunglasses just for the month of October. Available at Lacoste boutiques, and Marchon Eyewear for $138. They will donate 10% to BCRF.

Bobbi Brown will offer a limited edition lip set featuring a Bellini High Shimmer Lip Gloss and Pink Lip color October-December 31 exclusively at Bobbi Brown counters and for $44. $10 will be donated from each purchase.

For our tech-lovers out there, chicBuds is donating 20% of purchases from their chicBoom keychain speakers. Only an inch big, this mini-speaker is perfect for someone on the go. $29.99 at

Fashion designer, mom of three and all around multi-tasker, Deborah Sawaf of Thale Blanc will be donating $50 from each La Pochette accessory purchased during the month of October. Sawaf flew in from LA just for the Accessories Council Pink Picks event. Available at

Photos by Lindsey K.Wagner

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Get Jennifer Aniston's "Look" -- you may Not Have $4k for her ubiquitous Tom Ford leather crossbody bag, but you can mimic the look

If you have a little more coin (but not the $4K for the Tom Ford), there is the absolutely darling MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Classic Q - Natasha' Crossbody Flap Bag. $348 (Nordstrom). LOVE this bag.
Another perfectly acceptable -- but considerably less expensive -- zip flap leather bag. Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Penny. Available in black, grey and purple. $345.

Get a similar version -- also real leather, and considerably less than Jennifer Aniston's Tom Ford version. The Sak Silverlake Mini Flap, Original retail $119, on sale on for $89. Available in black, chocolate, portabello (grey), olive and two really unattractive versions in "snake print" and "teak" multi.

Above and below, Lucky Brand Stash Crossbody bag. Available in more colors and two sizes. $139 - $169

Pretty pricey (like crazy pricey), but still not as much as Aniston's Tom Ford bag. Anya Hindmarch Black Maxi Zip Satchel Bag. $1,340

Actress Jennifer Aniston and her favorite handbag: the Tom Ford crossbody bag. Here she carries the black version.

And here she carries it in brown.

Aniston has been photographed for months carrying the bag. She's seen here at LAX. On her travels with her new beau Justin Theroux, she's been photographed repeatedly with the Tom Ford bag.

Tom Ford's Original. $3, 950 retail

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Photos by Lindsey K. Wagner

Vitaminwater Reveals 
Color Collection Winner           

by Lindsey K. Wagner
BeansTalk N.Y. Correspondent

As fashion week wound down, Vitaminwater hosted a little soiree of their own and announced the winner of their National Color Collection Competition at New York City's Empire Hotel on Thursday.

The competition encouraged up-and-coming designers to show us what they were made of and create a t-shirt design inspired by Vitaminwater. Ten lucky finalists were brought to New York City for two days to experience fashion week first hand and unveil their Vitaminwater inspired tees. The winner, chosen by the Vitaminwater council, was awarded a $5,000 grant to help get the ball rolling with their fashion career. 

T-shirts from CFDA designers included Derek Lam, Richard Chai, Chris Benz, Vena Cava, Rag & Bone and Shipley & Halmos. Ellen Degeneres even showcased her Vitaminwater inspired tee.

Complete with Vitaminwater inspired cocktails and mini Hors d'oeuvres, the style council, including Gossip Girl's costume designer, Eric Damen, Andrea Linett, Creative Director of eBay Fashion, fashion stylist and consultant, Lori Goldstein, and Joe Zee, Creative Director at Elle Magazine, revealed their winner: Gautam Dutta of Savannah, GA.

You can buy Dutta's design as well as the other seven Vitaminwater inspired tees until the end of this week at for $25. Congrats to Gautam!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

William Shatner

Dot-Marie Jones of "Glee"

Vienna Girardi & Kasey Kahl ('Bachelor Pad')
Tamala Jones of ABC's Castle

Endless Summer Emmy Suite

by Amanda Bellafiore
BeansTalk correspondent

Away from the hustle of Los Angeles, within a beautifully sun-lit Japanese garden, more than 100 of Hollywood’s finest came out to Gonpachi of Beverly Hills, as it hosted the “Endless Summer” Primetime Emmy Suite and Party, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011

This second annual event, produced by Doris Bergman and Kathy Duliakas, set off Emmy week by offering an incredible array of fashion, skin care and electronics for television industry actors and VIP’s.  Stars seen strolling around the dining room for swag and indulging on fine Asian cuisine included, Andrea Gabriel (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), William Shatner, ‘Bachelor Pad’ couple Vienna Girardi and Kasey Kahl, Eric Roberts, Tamala Jones (Castle), and Rex Lee of ‘Entourage’ – among others – taking in the best of what the “Endless Summer” had to offer.

“I had a blast,” said Deb Prost, showcasing Cool Off, a natural and long lasting, personal cooling towelette. “We received rave reviews with many coming back a second time to mention how much they loved the product.” While Kyle Massey is already a fan, having begun using the quick chill product while competing last season on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Primetime Emmy nominee – Dot Marie Jones picked some up for when she is shooting the “terribly hot” football scenes on ‘Glee.’

In an effort to balance out the day’s free consumption, guests donated school supplies, backpacks and money to the "I Have a Dream" Foundation - Los Angeles, which provides academic, social and cultural enrichment services to under-served youth and their families.

“The event was wonderful. We met so many great people,” said Kendall Cullwell of luxury skin care line, Stemulation. “Everybody was very gracious and it was really fun to talk to the group.”
Endless Summer Emmy Suite Scoop

In the spirit of giving back, guests donated school supplies, backpacks and money to the "I Have a Dream" Foundation® - Los Angeles (IHAD-LA) which provides academic, social and cultural enrichment services to under-served youth and their families. HEARTFELT MOMENTS!! Eric Stonestreet, Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Comedy Series (‘Modern Family’) was trying to make it to the party, but when it looked as if it wasn’t going to happen, he sent his publicist over with multiple backpacks to donate to the charity! And, gorgeous Cheryl Hines (‘Suburgatory’ & ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’) dashed into the party, headed right for the charity and exclaimed, “I just came for the kids -- I don’t want anything -- I just want to help the kids,” as she donated multiple backpacks and was gone in a flash! Hollywood really does have Heart!

‘Bachelor Pad’ trio Michael Stagliano, Vienna Girardi & Kasey Kahl; Amy Rider (‘Secret Life of the American Teenager’), Andrea Gabriel (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Cheryl Hines, Chris McDonald, Christine Devine, Dee Wallace, Primetime Emmy Nominee Dot-Marie Jones, Eric Roberts, Fiona Gubelmann (‘Wilfred’), Jackee Harry, James Kyson Lee (‘Hawaii: Five-O’), ‘Body of Proof’s’ Jeri Ryan, Nicholas Bishop & Windell Middlebrooks, Jillian Rose Reed (‘Awkward’), Joe Mantegna (‘Criminal Minds’), Judd Nelson, Kevin Farley, Lenny Jacobson (‘Nurse Jackie’), Madison Michelle, Malese Jow (‘Vampire Diaries’), Marisa Ramirez, ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Damian Whitewood, Peta Mergatroyd, Chelsie Hightower and Kyle Massey, Primetime Emmy Nominee Randee Heller, Rex Lee from ‘Entourage,’ half-pint darling Rowan Blanchard (‘SPY KIDS’), Sofia Milos, Tamala Jones (‘Castle’), Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Tyrone Davis, Vanessa Lengies (‘Glee’ new series regular), Wes Ramsey (‘CSI: Miami’), William Shatner, to name a few, were among the bevy of celebrities and industry VIPs who were treated to the best of the best!

Gifts and services were provided by Oliver Sweeney -- THE couture designer of men’s footwear; Joya footwear - the world's softest shoe for men and women; athletic socks by Experia - powered by Thorlo Pads; elegant jewelry for him and her by ROYCEWARE; fashion-forward dresses by Single® by Galina Sobolev; The B Bag™ by LisaBerck™; women’s T’s & hoodies by Guerilla Lifestyle; the new Vitabath® Fragrance Collection; Spongeables® LLC shower treats; Dulcenea lingerie; stunning swimwear by BECCA® by Rebecca Virtue; Bootights® by Leg Up™; luxury skin care by Stemulation™ and Prana SpaCeuticals™; keep that camera-ready face in place with Model in a Bottle®; cool down with Cool Off - The Quick Chill Icy Cold Towelettes; Live In Fitness, an all inclusive Los Angeles fitness retreat; Neuro® healthy functional drinks; Rev7™ -- a revolutionary new chewing gum; Whirl-a-Style®; Hotty Hoody® Cool Sleeve; UhHuhh™ by Intenuum Innovation™; iStick™ Hands Free Cellular; author Lennie Ross and her new ‘tongue & cheek’ book entitled “Blow Me!”; Zestra® Essential Arousal Oils™; five-star cuisine created by Executive Chef Yasu Kusano of Gonpachi of Beverly Hills; "Crazy Delicious", "Outstanding" Antonia's Nuts™; Hawaii’s Waialua Soda Works and Hawaiian Springs® Water; Blue Angel Ultra Premium Vodka and Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueurs

Monday, September 19, 2011

Emmy Winners

Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show"

Masterpiece Theater: Downton Abbey

Modern Family
2011 Emmy Winners

Drama Series: "Mad Men," AMC.
Comedy Series: "Modern Family" ABC.

Actor, Drama Series: Kyle Chandler, "Friday Night Lights," DirecTV.
Actress, Drama Series: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" CBS.
Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory" CBS.
Actress, Comedy Series: Melissa McCarthy, "Mike & Molly," CBS.
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones," HBO.
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Margo Martindale, "Justified" FX.
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Ty Burrell, "Modern Family," ABC.
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, "Modern Family," ABC.
Miniseries/TV Movie: "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)", PBS.
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Barry Pepper, "The Kennedys," Starz.
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce," HBO.
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce.
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey," PBS.

Directing for a Comedy Series: Michael Allen Spiller, "Modern Family," ABC.
Directing, Drama Series: Martin Scorsese, "Boardwalk Empire," HBO.
Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Brian Percival "Downtown Abbey" PBS.
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: Don Roy King, "SNL" NBC.

Variety, Music or Comedy Series: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Comedy Central.
Reality Competition Program: "The Amazing Race," CBS.

Writing for Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Jeffery Richmond, "Modern Family" ABC.
Writing, Drama Series: Jason Katims "Friday Night Lights" DirecTV.
Writing, Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central.
Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Julian Fellowes "Downtown Abbey" PBS.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Soleil Moon Frye 
is Divalysscious

Divalysscious Moms, New York City’s socializing network for moms (and moms-to-be), has teamed up with Azure, the Upper East Side’s luxury residential development, for a book signing and launch event with Soleil Moon Frye.  Guest’s will enjoyed Crumbs Bake Shop cupcakes and drinks to celebrating Moon Frye, also known as “Punky Brewster” from the hit television series by the same name in the 80’s, is author of Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures In Between.

Moon Frye addressed topics such as balancing raising children and running a business, the success of her kids' clothing line that turned into a partnership with Target, how to introduce a new baby into the family dynamic and accepting the chaos in your life. She will also be offering not-to-be-missed parenting advice, tips and guidance.

“The response has been overwhelming for the upcoming book signing and launch event at Azure,” says Lyss Stern, Founder of Divalysscious Moms, noting the RSVP list jumped to 75 Divamoms in the first 24 hours of sending out the invite. “As one of the most family-friendly buildings in New York City --in the most family oriented neighborhood of Manhattan -- Azure was a natural fit to host the launch of Moon Frye’s Happy Chaos.”

Twitter Handle:  @moonfrye @Divamoms

Photos: Soleil Moon Frye Book Launch hosted by Lyss Stern of at the Azure building in NYC.